@Trevor, Alice needs profits, Mate! Without them there will be …

Comment on Council will look at tree register and by-law by Steve Brown.

@Trevor, Alice needs profits, Mate! Without them there will be no wonderful investments on the East Side! Alice Springs is a service town in one of the world’s most exotic locations, set amongst Australia’s most spectacular scenery. We don’t have to dummy down our town and turn it into some-kind of corny theme park to attract tourists.
What we do have to produce is a vibrant healthy law abiding town that can cater for all their, as well as our own needs. In any progressive town there is always a bit of too and froing between the old and the new. The last thing we need is more restrictions our town is already chocking on them.
It’s coming to point where investing here is no longer going to be a viable proposition. It’s already extremely difficult to get a project off the ground and with other places offering much more for less it’s only those with great attachment and love for the place that keep on trying.
The facts are we need our hotels and motels, we need our shops and shopping centers, we need our homes and our streets, without them we are nothing!
Towns are for people, buildings, roads and houses. Why do they tend to look the same? Because they’re all towns!!

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Council will look at tree register and by-law
@2 So a few years ago when you popped your head over the horizon and saw a lovely town in which you chose to reside who do you think was responsible for creating that town? A bunch of Loopy Left Greenies or some hard working Pioneering Developers, people with vision, guts and determination, people who saw the possibilities and made the most of them? Yep, actually made things happen! As a third generation Alicespringsian I grew up with great expectations of where this town was going, and we were going places. We weren’t and didn’t consider ourselves an Old Historical Town like you see along the coast, we are and were a raw pioneering town. A frontier town, our story hardly begun.
Alice at that time had several dairies, poultry farms, horticulture on a scale that not only catered for our own needs but for a big part of the Territory. We had a pastoral industry many times the size it is now and we had created from scratch the Territory’s largest and most vibrant tourist industry. Our airport was many times as busy and the tourism numbers vastly greater than our capital. That’s what our development driven goals brought us, success.
Unfortunately our success also brought us many Loopy Lefties with their own wacky agendas, people who didn’t know anything at all about our town, its goals, its history or its economics, but they liked what they saw, settled here bringing with them small minded, chip on the shoulder politics from the coast, contributing or risking nothing of their own. They none the less demanded their views be heard on everything. They thought we needed saving and went steadily about that, the result over the last thirty or so years, more and more restrictions, more and more bureaucracy.
Their great endeavours to stop further development caught the ear of a Government ever ready to restrict its spending in the South and very soon we saw a complete clamp on growth, almost no land release, despite our town having more available land than anywhere on earth. The result? Artificially high property prices resulting in artificially high rents. The results, people struggling to make ends meet, extra pressure on welfare housing and already transient population becoming even more so as people left unable to make ends meet. The result, less customers in shops, much harder to get staff for shops, lower quality of staff in shops, the result very difficult to run a business.
Put that together with burgeoning crime rates and you have a town in decline, a town to which many are no longer willing to commit. Business becomes too hard, either downsizing or closing their doors. Between crime and lessening facilities tourism has also declined, so now there are no dairy farms, no poultry farms, much reduced horticulture, much reduced pastoral industry and tourism a small fraction of what it was. We’ve lost our extra airlines and our airport is no longer amongst the nation’s busiest. Yeh, that’s some achievement for the Anti-development Lobby, alright! When you’ve finished implementing your agenda, can you put the lights out? Thanks mate.


Council will look at tree register and by-law
Given the facile and divisive circumstances that have arisen over sacred trees do you really think we should be adding to our town’s woes by usurping property rights, putting yet another hurdle in the way of development in a town that has already reached crisis point on the development front?
Restrictions like this are a direct threat to our town’s already struggling economy a site such as the ANZ carpark can be rendered uneconomic to develop by such a restriction on the removal of trees that are after all owned by, and often planted by, the block’s owners.
Not only will such restrictions result in property owners removing what they can, while they can, they will also lead to less planting of trees in the first place. Even though it’s always a bit sad to see grown trees felled the facts are that the native river red gums are very fast growing when well looked after.
The decision of one owner or an earlier time to plant in a particular location should not hold our future hostage! That absolutely must apply to such trees as are growing on the Old Melanka Site most of which are not native to this area.
The restriction on the removal of such trees elsewhere in the nation has led to many difficulties for property owners, often left facing life threatening fire and windfall damage.
Instead of constantly placing obstacles in the path of property owners and developers let’s put our efforts into what they might bring of benefit to our town and actively encourage them to plant the right trees in the right places.
Even though there are most definitely exceptions to this rule we must keep in mind that towns are primarily places for buildings and people.
The old, the superseded and the irrelevant must make way for the new. Let’s keep that in mind as we allow our town to grow and accommodate the places of the future.  
After all we are surrounded by thousands of kilometers of beautiful natural Trees and bushland, I’m sure there’s a little room for us to do our own thing.


Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
@ Concerned Arrernte Man: If you were indeed a concerned Arrernte “man” you would use your real name, like a man, so that we locals know what your word is worth.
What I suspect is that you aren’t local at all. We are trying to put our town together not rip it apart, your intention is clearly the opposite.
Anzac Hill was sincerely and solemnly dedicated by TOs many years ago to the purpose which it serves respectfully to this day.
It was and remains a joint community effort, if indeed you are a Arrernte man you would do well to respect and to learn from the decisions of your elders.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Yeh Evelyn I used those words so as not to go into a long winded conversation about the technicalities of Drilling for Gas as it has nothing to do with the conversation at hand… However I am extremely well aware of the dangers or otherwise of Drilling. I have drilled water bores myself and I have family in the exploration business who own their own Rigs. Horizontal Drilling has been in use for a long time it has been developed simply to save costs because you don’t have to drill as many vertical penetrations through the water bearing Aquifers as such it is actually a much safer less expensive method of extraction. Further to this my comment around safety of some forms of Fracking refers to Coal Seam Gas which I substantially oppose.


Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
It is important when dealing with issues that stir emotions and threaten to deepen the divides in our community that we remember and respect that we are One Nation called Australia. That we are a Democracy! We regard all our citizens as equals! In a democracy decisions fall in favour of the Majority, regardless of race, gender or religion.

Separate recognition is not respect! It is a continuation of, a deepening of, the Politics of Apartheid and Victimhood.
Nothing, but greater and greater division will come of it!
No good ever comes from Apartheid.
Only the institutionalised acceptance of lower standards and less expectation, for those on the wrong side of it.
Previously as a Councillor and Political Candidate I was approached time and time again by locals of Aboriginal background, Aussies who are sick to death of division who just want to get on with their lives just like the rest of us, stating that they do not want to see separate flags flying on Anzac Hill because that sends the message that they aren’t accepted as Australians.
I am also aware of Councillor DeBrenni and other efforts to consult widely on this front, checking the views of many locals Aboriginal and non-alike, making sure that their views are expressed clearly in Council.
Many local families don’t wish others to know their views as in a small town it can lead to family infighting as we have witnessed firsthand with a small group of locals attacking views expressed by Councillor Price. They rely heavily on their Elected Representatives to put forward their view and to stand up for them.
This whole flag flying issue was instigated by Labor MLA Chansey Paech its only intent to create disruption dissent and division its only intent to divert attention from his failure to stand up for our Community while once again it comes apart under a Labor Government.
The ladies who approached Council did so with a letter about respect reconciliation and working together. There was no mention whatsoever of flying flags, nor was it mentioned by Catherine Satour when presenting the letter. From events later in the evening it came to the fore that the letter was actually apart of an attack on Councillor Price because of her expressed views on the very things that should also be of great concern to these ladies.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Evelyn, So easy to make throw away green propaganda statements without taking any responsibility for dealing with the consequences.
Firstly under many circumstances Fracking is perfectly safe!
We’ve been Fracking Conventional and Tight Gas wells for some fifty years. There is an established industry already operating in the Territory and many reliant on it, including for that matter nearly all the Territory’s power supplies!
Further if we stand in the way and don’t further develop our Gas Supplies as the rest of the country expects us to, there is a price to pay!
We are going to receive less GST!
After all why should the rest of Aus. who already have Fracking, support what you believe at their expense?
In response to this issue you are suggesting that we ask struggling Territorians to pay another level of Tax similar to a second lot of rates every year.
This, in a shrinking economy!
We are already struggling with affordability, Land Taxes will translate into higher rents and Higher costs all round.
I don’t think Territorians can or want to afford that. Especially given that much of the country already receives revenue from “Fracking”, which surprisingly enough, is why their eyebrows are somewhat raised in our direction.
So we might want to give it all a lot more thought than cheap throw away lines. Not that I’m saying Fracking is the only answer to our revenue issue, it certainly isn’t. We have a shrinking economy because it is being strangled by our Government suffocating any industry that offers potential growth and strangling the life from existing business. The real answer is actually to strangle Government and return to a private enterprise driven economy.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
The amounts I’ve heard quoted for the initial land tax are far in excess of $300 but even if they weren’t initially they pretty soon would be.
The Territory has a revenue problem alright. Why? For one reason only!
We have taken money supplied by other Australians to both develop the North to a point where it can take advantage of the simply enormous economic opportunity that surrounds it, and to improve the plight of our Aboriginal population via similar means.
Instead of that we have taken the massive extra funding we receive over and above other States and Territories and we’ve built a giant, cumbersome, enterprise stifling, parasitic bureaucracy!
This is to a point where any Federal attempt to fund development is like throwing the proverbial at a blanket – very very little gets to its intended destination.
The answer to our revenue issue isn’t more business and entrepreneurial activity stifling tax!
The answer is less tax.
Much, much smaller Government along with a huge cultural shift in the attitude of our capital that thinks it is OK to milk of funds and use them to provide lavish recreational facilities and lifestyle for the those that live in the capital while regions struggling with basic infrastructure can’t get their developments off the ground.
Yeh, we’ve got a problem alright!
The sooner the Feds enforce their enquiry into funding the sooner we will be able to do something about it.


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